You Paid For It: East St. Louis School Board

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EAST ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The State of Illinois is moving to oust the troubled East St. Louis School Board.

A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Education told Elliott Davis Wednesday in Springfield that the State Superintendent Chris Koch will ask the State Board at the meeting in June to dissolve the East St. Louis School Board, and instead start the process of naming a state appointed board to run the district.

The state took power from the East St. Louis School Board last spring after a series of scandals.

A You Paid For It Expose' showed the dozens of school board members relatives on the payroll that cost the school district $2 million.

Investigator Elliott Davis corners Governor Pat Quinn who said the state was in fact moving to take control.

But instead of removing the East St. Louis Board the state opted for an intergovernmental agreement that allowed the existing board to stay, so long as it didn't try to make any decisions without the states okay.

Recently East St. Louis board members went back on that pledge.

The State backed Eastside Superintendent wanted the board to end the contract with the Jackie Joyner Center to save money. But the board wanted to extend it a couple of more years.

The school superintendent wanted the board to hire a risk manager immediately but the board wanted to put it off until July.

Now time is apparently up for board President Lonzo Greenwood and company. The state superintendent has told them of their intentions. Once they get official notification they'll have a hearing to explain why they should keep that job. Those explanations will likely do no good so Greenwood and other school board members that have been around for years may have only months left.

The State Education Department told Elliott Davis they would choose a group of 5 local citizens to run the school district saying the state could no longer work with the current board.

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